A pub offering good 'brasserie-style' dishes, plus summer barbecue events in their spacious garden - with spendid views over the Downs.
Starters or Light Meals include the likes of 'Home-made Soup with Warm Ciabatta'; 'Tuna, Watercress & Parmesan Cakes' (with Spinach and Rocket Salad & Chili Jam); Potted Selsey Crab' and 'Oriental Duck Spring Rolls' (with Plum Dipping Sauce).
Sandwich Platters - such as 'Chilied Sardine Fillets, Tomato & Mozzarella on Open Ciabatta' - can easily be shared between two with more modest appetites.
Mains include old-fashioned pub favourites, such as 'Whole-tail Scampi' and 'Cod & Chips', but is mainly composed of modern dishes - perhaps 'Baked Portobello Mushrooms, stuffed with Chilied Ratatouille & Feta'; 'Beef, Ale and Chestnut Mushroom Pie'; 'Pan-roasted Rump of Lamb with Celeriac Mash, Roasted Root Vegetables & Port Jus' and 'Seared Fresh Tuna Loin Steak' (on a classic Nicoise salad).
Leave room for one of their well-executed desserts. However, cheeses are disappointingly generic - something labelled 'Mature Cheddar', and tasting of the block variety, doesn't measure up to the rest of the operation - even if it is listed on a blackboard!
Wi-Fi internet access is an added bonus.
- Food Style: Best Pubs for Food
- Lunch: all week; 12.00-14.00; (Sat & Sun 12.00-21.30); mains from about £12 to £19
- Dinner: all week; 18.00-21.30 (Sat & Sun 12.00-21.30); mains from about £12 to £19
- Wine: a short, but adequate, list has modest mark-ups
- Children's portions: Yes, when possible
- Wheelchair access: Yes, with difficulty, phone ahead if possible
- Nearest station: Brighton (10 miles)
- Directions: See the map at the top of the page - or take the A23 London road out of Brighton, then A281 (sign-posted Henfield); then sign to Poynings at mini-roundabout. Pub is on right in hamlet.
- Parking: Yes
- Closed: enquire about Christmas openings
- Outside eating
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Mon 20th February 2012 by Alan Phillips
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We had a table booked for 6 adults and 2 four year olds for Sunday Lunch at 1 o
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